New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 19, 2021

House passes historic Build Back Better legislation. American Rescue Plan (ARP) presents an opportunity to invest in programs that will increase public health and safety.

New Jersey Can Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Invest in Non-Police Approaches to Public Safety

We can create safer communities, lower police violence, and reduce arrests by investing ARP funds in community-based public safety.

Harm Reduction Programs Provide Lifesaving, Critical Care to New Jersey Residents

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of expanding harm reduction programs to provide support services to injection drug users

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Services Tax Credit Enables Children, Families, and the Economy to Succeed

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of expanding the child and dependent care services tax credit

It’s Time to Decriminalize Syringes and Expunge Past Records

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of decriminalization of syringes and expungement of past records.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 12, 2021

NJPP has a new interim director, infrastructure week is finally here, and far too many New Jerseyans remain uninsured.

New Jersey’s Uninsured: Getting the Garden State Covered

New Jersey's Black and Hispanic/Latinx residents continue to face barriers to affordable health coverage due to long-standing inequities.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 5, 2021

After a long week where votes slowly trickled in, Governor Phil Murphy was declared the winner of New Jersey’s 2021 gubernatorial election.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 29, 2021

New Jersey is the best-run state in the nation. Open enrollment begins November 1. Election Day is November 2.

We the People: Why New Jersey Needs to Expand Democracy

As New Jersey's population grows more diverse, a stronger democracy is needed so elected leaders truly represent their constituents.

Maintaining Continuous Medicaid Coverage After the Pandemic Would Advance Health Equity

Thousands of New Jersey families have relied on Medicaid during the pandemic. The upcoming expiration of continuous coverage threatens their health coverage.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 22, 2021

Most counties have fewer early voting sites than the state budgeted for. Child Tax Credit payments are helping families in poverty make ends meet.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 15, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to a more inclusive pandemic recovery. New NJPP report makes a strong case for reimagining public safety.

To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing

Police spending in New Jersey outpaces investments in Health and Human Services.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 8, 2021

Bergen County ends its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Scaling back the Build Back Better bill would hurt children and the economy.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 1, 2021

NJPP President Brandon McKoy stepping down. Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson discusses the state's finances with NJ Spotlight News.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools Helps Students Succeed

Research shows that improving indoor air quality in schools may pay dividends beyond reducing COVID-19 exposure.

Build Back Better Legislation Makes the Tax Code Fairer — But Only if SALT Cap Stays in Place

The recovery package, as written, would raise taxes on the nation’s richest households while providing a tax cut for almost everyone else.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 24, 2021

New homelessness figures point to big racial disparities in housing. Build Back Better bill endorsed by Nobel Prize-winning economists.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 17, 2021

Marijuana cases automatically expunged. Poverty remains far too high. The Build Back Better agenda will create millions of jobs.

Pandemic Relief Reduced Poverty in 2020

New Census data show that poverty remains far too high, but pandemic relief programs helped families stay afloat.

Separate and Unequal: Racial and Ethnic Segregation and the Case for School Funding Reparations in New Jersey

Many Black and Latinx/Hispanic students in New Jersey aren’t given the resources they need to ensure equal educational opportunity.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 10, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to expanding housing rights for people with criminal records. President Joe Biden visits Somerset County.

Labor Day Snapshot: New Jersey’s Uneven Recovery

Just as the pandemic disproportionately harmed low-income workers and people of color, New Jersey’s pandemic recovery is similarly divided.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 3, 2021

Hurricane Ida was one of the deadliest storms in state history. New Jersey is on pace for record-breaking overdose deaths in 2021.

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